Six foreign born Muslims in NJ arrested in jihad plot to kill soldiers in Fort Dix - prepared with paintball practice
May 8, 2007
6 arrested in plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix
May 08, 2007 8:12AM
Federal investigators last night arrested six men who were planning a heavily-armed armed attack against soldiers at Fort Dix as part of a jihad against America, according to two law enforcement sources.
The men had conducted surveillance of the Army base and were caught allegedly attempting to purchase AK-47s to carry out their plan, one of the sources said.
The bust came after several of them were lured to a meeting with an arms-seller who turned out to be a secret FBI informant, said both sources, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the arrests.
The would-be attackers, ethnic Albanians who had been under surveillance by the FBI for months, practiced by shooting paintball guns and real weapons in a rural area of the Poconos, one source said. They also allegedly watched jihadist videos in which Osama bin Laden urged them toward martyrdom.
"They were prepared to die," said the law enforcement source. "We became increasingly convinced this was for real and these guys were ready to roll."
The FBI had the group under surveillance for more than a year, the source said. The men had scouted out Dover Air Force Base and Fort Monmouth before settling on Fort Dix, a base that is used to mobilize troops to Iraq, said the source.
The men - several of whom were in the same family - had videotaped their practice sessions in the Poconos, the source said. That videotape, in which they railed against America, led to their arrests.
The men made the mistake of bringing it to a retail store, seeking to get a copy burned to a DVD, according to one of the sources. A store employee who later watched the tape called the FBI who began immediately investigating.
Terror suspects arrested in New Jersey after FBI foils Fort Dix attack
A tip helped authorities arrest six men in New Jersey Monday night in connection to an apparent terror cell, according to NBC 10's sister station WNBC in New York.
Five of them were live in Cherry Hill and were arrested there, according to authorities.
Investigators said the men planned to use AK-47s to storm Fort Dix and open fire on soldiers and civilians stationed at the New Jersey base, noting that other military locations were scouted by the terrorist cell.
Three of the unnamed suspects are brothers who are all believed to be Islamic radicals, according to sources. Some of the six arrested men were also born in Albania and the former Yugoslavia, but have spent a significant amount of time living and training in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to authorities.
All six men were expected to face terror conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Camden, N.J.
Sources said the terror suspects traveled from South Jersey to the Poconos over the last few months, where they practiced firing automatic weapons.
Before deciding to target Fort Dix, investigators said the group discussed targeting numerous other sites like Dover Air Base in Delaware, Fort Monmouth and several coast guard stations, according to WNBC.
The station also reported that some of the suspects reviewed training films from Afghanistan that allegedly showed them how to carry out terror attacks.
Fort Dix is a reserve training center, but also is home to active units, some of which focus on counter-terrorism.